This Eerie And Fantastic Footage Takes You Inside Ohio’s Former Mining Community
The town of Shawnee, Ohio is one that has endured a complicated history. Shawnee is most famous for its association with an abandoned mine, one that fell victim to an infamous fire. While not completely abandoned today, the town does offer a sense of a living ghost town: abandoned buildings, boarded-up homes, and the feeling of being frozen in time. And yet, there’s also a tight-knight community still present in Shawnee. Moreover, a recent announcement by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources indicates that this former mining community could soon be revitalized.
According to ODNR Director Mary Mertz, “Cleaning up abandoned mine lands gives us the opportunity to turn something potentially dangerous into something safe and beautiful for people to enjoy.” The project will specifically focus on the historic Tecumseh Theater, in the hopes of bringing together community and inspiring future tourism. There will also be improvements on two abandoned mine land features on the town’s outskirts. Is it possible that Shawnee could once again become a thriving destination?
In the video below, YouTube user theVHSvlog offers a fascinating overview of Shawnee’s history while also providing recent footage of the town:
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